The advocates for disaster reslience in Benguet (L-R) Municipality of Tublay Mayor Ben Paoad, resident Fely Damilo, UP Baguio Cordillera Studies Center Director Dr. Alejandro Ciencia Jr., and UP Baguio Social Sciences student Rieyen Clemente.

Photo credit: Dale Rivera

Philippines: Drivers Of Disaster Resilience In Benguet

Benguet is not a stranger to natural disasters – from earthquakes to typhoons – which have resulted in the loss of lives in the province.  Benguet’s experiences from these disasters cemented the belief that it is not enough to just be equipped when responding. Preparedness is equally important.

Meet some of the drivers of disaster resilience in the Province of Benguet. With the help of the World Food Programme’s (WFP) Disaster Preparedness and Response and Climate Change Adaptation (DPR/CCA) Projects, they are moulding Benguet into a province that is equipped to prepare for and respond to disasters.

Overview

In 2006, following a request of the Government of the Philippines, WFP returned to the country to complement the government’s efforts to achieve a peaceful resolution of the conflict in Mindanao by addressing the food security needs of vulnerable people in conflict-affected areas.

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